A to-do list has been one of my biggest productivity tools for as long as I can remember.
When I was younger, I created my list the old fashioned way with pen and paper and kept it with me in my pocket all day. This was before cell phones existed.
Yeah, I actually wrote to-do lists when I was a kid. I’m that nerdy.
Since then, I’ve tried a few different smartphone apps but most of them didn’t quite do it for me.
Evernote was too overwhelming.
A basic notepad app was too blah.
Remember the Milk was great for to-dos, but not so great for note-taking.
Currently, I use an iPhone app called UpWord Notes.
I like UpWord Notes because you can use it as a to-do list app, a note taking app, or both.
It’s clean, simple and has just enough functionality for what I need. If you use it well, it can really make a difference in your life.
Here’s a quick overview:
There are two ways to organize information in UpWord: notes and categories. Notes are blank pages where you can write whatever you want. Categories are folders where you can store collections of notes.
I actually don’t use the categories feature at all. You can if you’re using it as a collection of notes, but if you’re using it as a to-do list, you don’t need to. I use the individual notes, themselves, as my to-do categories.
Here’s my home screen featuring all of my notes.
Here’s my Health note and the to-dos I’ve assigned myself in that category.
Remember that there is no to-do list app that can magically make you more productive. For that, you need a system that you will stick to.
In this post, I explain how I created a to-do list system using UpWord Notes that helps me focus on my most important life goals.
First published on Quora.